Back to school looks different this year, but with the help of the Hall County Library System, parents can arm themselves with some extra resources to help start this unusual year off on the right foot.
"As a parent of a high school student, I’m experiencing the same level of uncertainty as every other parent of a school-aged child," Hall County Library Director Lisa MacKinney said. "Luckily, the library’s online offerings can help supplement your child’s education-- however that may look this fall."
For example, Tutor.com is a digital website and app available on the Hall County Library System’s website which provides online, on-demand academic tutoring, homework help and test preparation to students from kindergarten through 12th grade. It also offers on-demand academic tutoring and homework help to early college students and adult learners.
"Now more than ever, we’re living in a digital age," MacKinney said. "The library has been digital for a number of years, and we hope this unusual set of circumstances provides an opportunity for people to rediscover their local library in a new, updated way."
In addition to Tutor.com, the Hall County Library System’s website also includes a host of other online offerings that may help parents keep their students learning, engaged and entertained as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Those offerings include:
- GALILEO- Georgia’s virtual library, which has full text magazines, books, language learning, and much more
- E-read Kids - offers a variety of popular e-books for youth of all ages
- hoopla - a digital website/app allowing free downloads of e-books, audiobooks, comics, music and movies
- ReferenceUSA -a powerful online reference and research tool providing cardholders access to in-depth information on U.S. businesses and residents
MacKinney said these digital offerings are free to Hall County Library cardholders. Digital cards are currently being issued online, and library card applications can be filled out online here.
"The library has so many offerings beyond books," MacKinney said. "This is a great time to visit the library’s website and figure out what’s available to you as a parent."
More information about all of these online offerings can be found at www.hallcountylibrary.org.
As a reminder, library branches are currently closed to the public; however, curbside service and public computer use is available by appointment only. Information about scheduling appointments can be found here. Patrons can also call 770-532-3311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.